Junk Miles

It’s 2015 and like Marty McFly, we’re ready to strap on our self-tying barefoot-style shoes and jump on our hover-bikes for the season! Eric and Jeff recap their mileage totals for 2014, both real and commuting then sit around the campfire as Eric regales us with tales from Ironman Chattanooga 2014! All this and more on The Age Grouper!

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Eric and Colleen “kicking” it in to the finish, Ironman Chattanooga 2014.
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The Next Century

It’s an old-fashioned live race report as Eric and Jeff travel to the Tri Right 101 century ride. We catch up on what’s been happening throughout the summer and what’s left for the season. Will Eric be ready for Ironman Chattanooga, we’ll see!

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Jeff, Eric and the crew at the 2014 Tri Right 101 (well, actually, 104 but who’s counting)
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Epic Fail

It's the show you've been waiting for! We find out the results of the epic wager, did Eric complete the Lumberjack 100 or does he owe Jeff a steak dinner? Plus, ITU racing, a paleo update and one of us may be moving to sunny Colorado…!

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To donate to Eric’s Ironman fundraising effort and support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation go to:

http://www.active.com/donate/IMchattanoogaCCFA14/IRONMANEDeWitt

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Eric back in 1997 wishing he was this fit now.

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A quick selfie of Jeff on top of the Blue Sky Trail in the Devils Backbone area, Longmont Colorado.
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The Antilete

It’s part 2 of 2, the all Eric show. Eric tells us all about his plans for 2014 (which should make for a quick show!) that includes Ironman and mountain biking. What? Mountain biking? Yep! There might be a friendly wager involved too.

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Eric keeping it real on top of the Menona Terrace prior to Ironman Wisconsin.
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The Paleolete

We're back to wrap up 2013 with this all new mega episode! In part 1 of 2, this is the all Jeff show where he tells us all about his 2013 triathlon season, unexpected injuries, new foot ware and his new diet - the paleo diet. That's right, no more carbs for this paleolete!

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Ahh paleo...
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Kidz N Dudez Weekend

We're back at the new Age Grouper Studios North with a special, and precious, guest host! We go over the long awaited results of Jeff's face-off at the Chase Corporate Challenge then break down training for an olympic distance event in detail. Take it from Eric, you need to have faith in your abilities! And we finish things off with some triathlon lingo.

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The kidz - Grace and Aliza. Aren’t they cute?!
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How to Run Fast

Looking to break that multi-decade old 5K PR this year? Well you’re in luck, we break down the secrets to successful speed work in this super-sized episode! It all comes down to if you want to race fast you need to train fast.

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Like a gazelle! Jeff at The Chicago Triathlon circa 1999
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So You Think You Can Do A Triathlon

We get back to basics talking about single speeds and fixed gears on this episode of The Age Grouper. Plus, has anyone ever asked you for advice on doing their first triathlon? We have, plenty of times. We offer our take on how to guide first-timers through their first races.

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The single speed
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Doprahstrong

What sort of international endurance-sport media frenzy would be complete without interjecting our opinions into it? Because no issue is ever truly over-hyped until we weigh in on it! As promised, we’re back and we won’t disappoint with this performance enhanced episode. We offer a paltry explanation (again) about where we’ve been all these months, discuss our latest training regimes, including my new secret weapon - Insanity, then tackle the Lance Doprahstrong crisis head on. Believe me, it’s worth the wait!

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Sh!t Triathletes Say

Triathlon coach Dean Hewson is back for our annual spring training camp episode. We talk about the logistics of participating in, and just pulling off a successful early-season training camp. It doesn’t matter if you fly away for a week or just head out for the weekend, a training camp can really get you prepped for a great season. Then we go over some often forgotten basics of triathlon training. We end it all with the trendiest thing in social media these days - Sh!t Triathletes Say!

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Ahhh, the sh!t your hear around the transition area….
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It's Official - 230

It's been a long, albeit mild, winter but we're ready to come out of hibernation and shed some of that extra winter insulation. We report on all we've been up to over the last few months. Then, just in time for the Spring buying season, we list the essential triathlon items needed to directly improve your splits in swimming, biking and running.
It's the first show of 2012 and our 5th season on iTunes! Thanks for supporting The Age Grouper all this time, we're no where near done!

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Jeff’s Roo - Notice the lack of aero wheels.
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The Off-Season-Wagon

Jeff, Eric and Dean get together over some drinks for this all-off-season episode. First we debate various training faux-pas, including running in place at stop lights, then discuss the merits of alternative race organizations. Ultimately we answer all of your off-season questions and, well, fall off the wagon a bit too.

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Eric’s back for this all-Apple episode. First we have a look at what Siri’s priorities really are, then break down Eric’s Ironman, the Hawaii Ironman and the Chicago Triathlon. As usual we don’t hold back our thoughts about Crowie, Chrissie, Rinny and Siri.

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Crowie on his way toward his 3rd, and greatest, Ironman victory.

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Chrissie on her way to her 4th.

Thanks Mac and Quintana Roo for the photos!
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In the Thick of It

Triathlon coach Dean Hewson joins us as guest host while Eric remains grounded in baby-land. We recap our races at the Chicago Triathlon and discuss some common mistakes first-timers make at such big races. Plus, there's plenty of trash talkin, especially because Eric isn't here to defend himself!

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Before the swim start @ 2011 Chicago Triathlon
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The Baby Grouper

The newest age-grouper in the the TAG family joins us for the very first time! Eric's brand new baby co-hosts as we hash out our plans for the upcoming Chicago Triathlon and Eric's Ironman. Will Eric make it through without being spit-up on or falling asleep, find out on this family-friendly episode of The Age Grouper!

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The newest age-grouper.
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The Hay Is In The Barn

Guess who's back? Crowie's back. 2-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander is back for his annual visit with The Age Grouper. Eric and I host a talk with Crowie in front of a live audience at Runner's High. We talk all about his past, present and why he thinks his best Kona performance is still in him.

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It’s the whole TAG family: Eric, Colleen, Crowie, Christine, and Jeff
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Twin Lakes Trash Talk

We're back at our home race, the Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine, IL. It's not long before the trash talk starts to fly, but does Eric have what it takes to pull out a victory?

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Jeff and Eric with winners Dean and Jen
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Good Cop Bad Cop

What better way to kick off the summer with some wacky biking stories and some performance predictions and trash talk? Eric tells us all about how he single-handedly apprehended vandalism perpetrators while riding his bike then we review a new documentary about the fabled New Zealand Epic Camp called “Going Long Going Hard.” We wrap it up by trash talking about out upcoming home-race the Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine, IL.

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Check out the DVD Going Long Going Hard at: www.stormydog.co.nz

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Our buddy Brian, Jeff and Eric at Twin Lakes 2009 - Nice Roo’s
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An Evening With the Age Groupers

We're all together for this double date-night episode - Eric, Jeff, Mrs. Salty and Mrs. Jumpy. Eric and I begin with an overview of our training and racing so far for 2011, then we follow up on the freebie magazine subscriptions we've been getting, and then add a little to the "what bike to buy" discussion. The ladies add their 2 cents about a few women's triathlon issues and much more. It's just a great popcorn episode!

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You may know it as the Accenture Chicago Triathlon or whatever it is these days, but any true veteran will always call it Mrs. T’s. Jeff, Christine, Colleen and Eric 1999
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Vintage Ironman Training

This is a major blast from the past as we dig into the archives and play some vintage audio from August 2006. The Age Grouper podcast was still a year away, Eric and Jeff are heading up to the Ironman Wisconsin course for a 120+ mile ride to cap off their training for the year. This audio is packed with great Ironman newbie and veteran training strategy.

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A young Eric and Jeff setting up transition at IMOO 2006
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Gandalf The Triathlete

The old and wise and grey Coach Dean Hewson is back with us for are annual spring tune-up show. We cover all kinds of fresh training topics, including what triathletes need to hear, not what they want to hear. Plus, Eric has some big spankin' news.

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Eric and Dean at Age Grouper Studios North
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What Bike Should I Buy

Spring is right around the corner and that means only one thing-it’s bike buying season! We go over a full bike buying guide from start to finish. We weigh the pros and cons of every aspect of making a purchase; carbon or titanium, new or used, road or triathlon, plus the importance of fit. Plus, are you getting any free triathlon related media?

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Doin It Live

And we're live! We take on the new year with an all new format for the show. That's right, we're going live to your flash drive. Then we talk about stair climb racing, and debate the pros and cons of big vs. local races. Plus much more on this new and improved episode of The Age Grouper.

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Eric and Mrs. Salty atop the Sear/Willis Tower
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Just Like Old Times

It's just like old times in 2011. We're back in the new Age Grouper Studios Central and better then ever. We catch up for a bit then answer some of your long overdue email. We talk training, swimmers vertigo, recovery techniques and much more. It's like we never left!

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Chrissie Wellington

Without a doubt Chrissie Wellington will go down in history as one of the greatest athletes our sport will ever see, and now she's on The Age Grouper! First, I sit down with Chrissie herself for a candid interview followed by an extended presentation in front of a live audience at Runner's High 'N Tri.

Giving back is an essential practice of Wellington's, here are some of the causes she supports:

The Blazeman Foundation for ALS - www.waronals.com
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal - www.janetomlinsonappeal.com
GOTRIbal - www.gotribalnow.com

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Chrissie Wellington, 3-time Ironman World Champion, speaking at Runner’s High ‘N Tri
*Please note her bionic-super-triathlete legs and arms


There’s that ever-present smile and laugh!


Someone needs to keep that creepy dude out of the Runner’s High events.
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Marathon Training 101

And Eric is finally back for this extended edition of The Age Grouper! First we play a little catch up with what we’ve been doing over the summer. Then we chat a bit about my new close personal friends Crowie, Rinny, and Chrissie; followed by contemplating the inevitable corruption of money in professional triathlon. And finally, we go in depth about an entire season’s worth of marathon training. It’s everything you need to know about successful marathon training.

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Mrs. Salty, Eric, and Mrs. Jumpy before The Chicago Marathon circa 2001
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Crowie and Carfrae - Updated

2-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander returns to The Age Grouper! He's got another Kona title notched on his belt and is ready for a third. Plus, Kona women's run-course record holder Mirinda Carfrae joins the panel at Runner's High 'N Tri. The two Kona veterans first sit down for candid interviews followed by an extended presentation in front of a live audience. It's an Australian Ironman extravaganza!

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2-Time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander with some dude


Women’s Kona run-course record holder Mirinda Carfrae and that same creepy dude
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Out of Our League

We’re back at Runner’s High and Mark has assembled a dream team of triathlon coaches for this show! Jen, Meredith, and Mary, all local coaches, join us for a healthy conversation about all things triathlon. We ask questions about swimming, biking, running, nutrition, compu-trainers, ironman, newbies, and veterans alike. Plus, is it really ok to, um, you know...the night before a race?

Contact:

Mary Bradbury, the swim expert: marybradbury.com

Jen Harrison, the Ironman veteran: jenharrison.com

Meredith Beers, the nutrition expert: mbeerstricoach@yahoo.com

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From left: Mark Rouse, Jen Harrison, Mary Bradbury, Meredith Beers
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Participating

With perhaps our one and only race report of the 2010 season, we podcast from the 2010 Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine Illinois. Today was just a stepping stone for Eric but at the same time the start and end to Jeff's season. There's plenty of excuses to be had, then we ponder the value of our triathlete maturity, and, have we finally come to terms with simply "participating?"

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And We're Back!

We may have been down but we're not out, we're back with an all new episode full of TAG staples like: excuses for lackluster performance, missed opportunities, failed attempts at goals, and much much more. We explain the mysteries behind the hiatus and then get all deep with what really motivates us. After all you must ask yourself after so many years, why do we really do what we do?

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Ahhh, back in T1
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Training Camp

Dean Hewson is back as our fearless leader for Age Grouper training camp 2010. Eric and Dean are taking off to Arizona for a week long training camp and tell us about their plans and blueberry pie. Plus the infamous lightning round and extended Ironman distance training advice.

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Is There A Doctor in the House

At long last the corporate sanctions have been lifted and we have been allowed to release this show! Dr. V, a real bionafied- certified sports medicine doctor, joins us to provide some actual medically sound advice. She has been the physician helping me with my knee pain and now is here to help all of you. But first...we check in with Mark from Runner's High 'N Tri for some winter hydration advice.

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Dr V. and Jeff recording at Age Grouper Studios North. *Note the pizza and pop in the foreground.
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Plan Your Year

And we're back with our first re-run ever. We've been getting so many requests for this episode, originally aired February 2008, we just had to re-run it. We take you step by step through the process of planning your entire training year. From Macro to Mezzo to Micro cycles we cover it all. Download The Age Grouper Yearly Training Overview Excel worksheet here and start planning 2010.

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Ahh the good ole days. Jeff and Eric at Age Grouper Studios North circa 2008
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Back to the Future

For some reason we feel the need to review events from 2009 yet again and then we play television critics concerning NBC's lackluster coverage of the 2009 Ironman World Championships in Kona. After that we lay down our plans, or lack-thereof, for 2010.

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The Year in Review

It's time to put away our 2009 training logs and crack open a new one for 2010. We reflect on all that has happened over the past year. Also Jeff reveals the prognosis for a nagging injury he has had for several months. And we revisit our thoughts on what we have learned from triathlon. Do you ever quit?

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It’s been quite a year!
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Triathlon Love

Do you have the M-Dot ink? Do we? We reveal the mystery about our experience with the M-Dot tattoo. And we review 2 nutritional products: Hornet Juice and Infinit Nutrition. Then we get deep and discuss how our love for triathlon has changed our lives. How has it changed yours? We want to hear from you!

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You gotta love this sport! (Colleen, Eric, Jeff, and Christine @ IMOO 2006)
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The King of Kona

And we're back at our favorite local tri shop - Runner's High 'N Tri. We sit down with Trudy Wakeman, race director of the Chicago Triathlon, and get a sense of what it's like managing a race of 9000 triathletes. Then we go shopping for some great winter gear and then Mark regales us with anecdotes from his trip to the IM World Championship in Kona. You won't believe where he ended up on race day, but it has to do with a Ford Edge with a clock on the roof and a little boy named Austin Alexander (yes, THAT Austin Alexander!) Sign up for the Runner's High Ride 'N Tie at www.signmeup.com

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Craig Alexander on his way to victory as he points to Mark and the gang from Runner’s High. But who’s that baby he’s holding in his arms???
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Our Close Personal Friend

It's all Ironman all the time on The Age Grouper. We break down the incredible 2009 Ironman World Championships athlete by athlete. Craig Alexander, Chris MacCormak, Chris Leito, and Chrissie Wellington's strategies are all scrutinized and alalized. Plus, Eric reports on his 2009 Ironman Wisconsin finish and we get closure about The Biggest Loser's run at Kona. All this plus, do you ink?

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Crowie crossing the line to his 2nd Ironman World Championship


Chrissie taking her third straight Ironman World Championship
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Newbies

Hey all you newbies out there, this is a show just for you! We rundown a list of all to common mistakes and gaffes that newbies make and tell you how to look like a seasoned veteran. Plus, we report on our Chicago Triathlon results. Just fake it 'till ya make it!

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*Please note that this guy is NOT Jeff or Eric. He’s just some poor schmuck that we found on the internet
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The Chicago Triathlon Expo

Join us as we podcast live from the 2009 Chicago Triathlon Expo! We analyze existence as a booth jockey, make fun of the newbies, and introduce a new segment "tri-walking." We take to the expo floor to test everyday age-grouper's knowledge of our sport. Performance predictions and the excuse train make an appearance as well.

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Podcasting live!


The Newtons were flying off the racks!
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An Evening With Crowie

Recorded live at Runner's High 'N Tri, Craig Alexander, 2008 Ironman World Champion talks about and answers questions about his life and career in triathlon. Hosted by NBC Sport's Mike Adamle, and in front of a sold-out audience of over 300, Crowie talks about all aspects of his triathlon career, family life, and goals for the future. His take: there are no secrets, just hard work.

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Crowie and Mike Adamle take the stage


Craig’s advice, just work hard.

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What Works Best For You

You've heard people say that time and again when it comes to training and nutrition advice. But what the heck does that mean? Instead of just leaving you out to dry we explain how to actually figure out what works best for you. Plus, great open water swimming tips from Mark at Runner's High.

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Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander, 2008 Ironman world champion, sits down with us at Runner’s High ‘N Tri for an incredible interview. We talk about Kona, Vineman, and his dramatic victory over Chris Leito at the Boise 70.3. “Coach Craig” also provides tons of valuable advice for all of us regular age-groupers, from beginners to Kona qualifiers. Also, do we dare ask Craig “Would you rather...?”
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2008 Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander



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Ace Your A Race

Get serious about your A Race now! We start out with a few race reports and then outline tactics for nailing your A Race for the year. Craig Alexander is coming to Runner's High tomorrow! If you can hear this we have successfully changed the feed URL. We're always available on Facebook, Twitter, or email us at jumpy@theagegrouper.com. Fueled by Runner's High 'N Tri at www.runnershigh-n-tri.com.
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The Aussies Are Coming

Craig Alexander is coming to Runner's High on July 20th, get your tickets now! Also we finally reveal the ZumTri.com contest winners and the secret location of our clandestine meetings. We're always available on Facebook, Twitter, or email us at jumpy@theagegrouper.com. Fueled by Runner's High 'N Tri at www.runnershigh-n-tri.com.
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The Good Ole Days

Old enough to remember the good old days when the leather helmet and toe clips were all the rage? We're joined again by Mark Rouse of Runner's High 'N Tri who regales us with stories from the vintage days of triathlon. He was actually there, competing in Hawaii in 1982 with Julie Moss!
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These show titles are getting way to long. It's the third annual installment of the Sock-Sock-Shoe-Shoe trilogy. We provide an always entertaining race report from one of our favorite local events: The Tower Triathlon.
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The 5K Showdown

It's the moment you've all been waiting for. Find out who took the crown at the 5K Showdown. But before that we journey deep in the city for a secret rendezvous and argue the Ironman Hawaii participant selection process.
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Is Your Personal Record a Personal Best

Mrs. SaltE joins us for this PG-13 episode of The Age Grouper. We review a cool new tri-site that brings your race results to life, check out zumtri.com. Then we look into ourselves as athletes and ask weather a personal record can ever be a personal best.
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Lab Rats

The 2009 season is officially underway and you better bring a sub 3 hour marathon if you want to beat Crissie Wellington. Also we cover a few topics from out Twitter followers and blow the lid off a secret project Eric has been working on for weeks now.
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The Big News

It's an episode full of big news. We announce our 2009 race schedules along with several other Age Grouper items of interest. And we break the news about our new partnership with Runner's High 'N Tri. It's The Age Grouper Triathlon and Multisport Podcast fueled by Runner's High 'N Tri.
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Back at the LTS

It's been over a year since we got our first pair of Newtons from Runner's High 'N Tri in Arlington Heights, IL. We go back to our favorite Local Tri Shop to get fit in a new pair of Newtons. LTS owner Mark Rouse gives us a virtual wetsuit buyers guide and details the new skin suits everyone was wearing in Kona.
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The Push-Run Smackdown

We are joined by special guest Dean Hewson a triathlon coah, accomplished age-grouper, and Ironman winner! He give us tons of valuable insight into how actually train and race for real. Real advice for an actual expert, not just us bantering. Plus, we lay the smackdown on the push-run!
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Our Favorite Tri-Gear

If you know us at all you know that we love gear! In this episode we list all of our favorite gear with one rule: it can't be a swimsuit, goggles, a bike, or shoes. It's all the other stuff that makes Tri-gear so much fun. We also check in with "Team Unthinkables" member Jeff Wright about his fundraising efforts with the Scott Rigsby Foundation. Contact Jeff at: teamunthinkable@comcast.net or check out scottrigsbyfoundation.org

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Our favorite Tri-Gear:

Swim: Pull Buoy, Flip Flops, Master's Swim Class

Bike: Clipless Pedals, Professional Bike Fitting, Cranf Bros. Power Pump, Camelbak Podium Water Bottle, Car Roof Rack

Run: Body Glide, Gore Bike Wear Gortex Jacket, Fuel Belt, Speed laces, Race Belt, A Transition Bag
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The Age Grouper Top Ten

We're back with a huge episode! We wrap up the MIST indoor triathlon series and get some quality training tips from a toddler. Then we break down The Age Grouper Top Ten Tips for Training and Racing. All this and some bad karaoke.

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Eric's Top Ten:
10. Easy days go easy, hard days go hard.
9. Train with someone faster than you.
8. Work on your weakness.
7. Know the course.
6. Noting new on race day.
5. Log it.
4. For motivation: look up old race results and photos.
3. Listen to The Age Grouper/triathlon podcasts.
2. Mix it up.
1. Have fun.

Jeff's Top Ten
10. Keep a training log
9. Always stand on the non-drive side of your bike.
8. Go harder than you think you can go.
7. Read The Triathlete's Training Bible.
6. Practice even the smallest details.
5. After your first time, train at or over distance.
4. Do core work.
3. Simulate race conditions in training.
2. Buy good gear from good places.
1. Nothing new on race day.

Eric's never do list:
3. Never have swim rage.
2. Never try to fix your own bike.
1. Never wear silk boxers to run a half-marathon.

Jeff's never do list:
3. Don't drink any alcohol the night before a race.
2. Never leave your flat repair kit at home.
1. Don't draft. Be honest with yourself and don't draft.
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Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

Season 3 of The Age Grouper starts today with an all new action packed episode! It's January and that means off-season cross training and planning 2009. You may have the perfect excuse to lay on the couch until April but after listening to our off-season recommendations you'll be back riding that bus in no time; no that there's anything wrong with that...
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The 2008 MIST Part 2: The Schaumburg Indoor Triathlon

It's the second installment of the 2008 Midwest Indoor Triathlon Series with the Schaumburg Indoor Triathlon. The entire field raises the bar significantly by adding miles to the overall distances covered. We've learned a thing or two since the first race but how will it all pay off on the podium?
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Olympic Athlete Series Part 2 - Kristin Armstrong (Pt. 2)

As promised here is part 2 of our interview and presentation with Olympic Gold Medal winning cyclist Kristin Armstrong. We bring you her presentation from The Runner's High in its entirety. The insight and advice she provides, that every age-grouper can use, is just incredible! Visit kristinarmstrongusa.com

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Kristin speaking at Runner’s High

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Olympic Athlete Series Part 1 - Kristin Armstrong (Pt. 1)

And we're back with the first installment of our series of olympic athletes speaking at The Runner's High. Kristin Armstrong won the Gold Medal in the women's time trial at the 2008 Beijing games. In part one of this 2 part show I sit down with Kristin one-on-one to find out about her roots as a triathlete and what makes an Olympian tick. Visit kristinarmstrongusa.com

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Me and Kristin at Runner’s High


The Gold Medal
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The 2008 MIST Part 1: The Bartlett Indoor Triathlon

We kick off the 2008 Midwest Indoor Triathlon Series with full coverage of the Bartlett Lifecenter Indoor Triathlon. There are plenty of excuses to go around before, during, and after the event. Plus, we discuss the 2008 Ironman World Championship from Kona Hawaii. Was Macca justified in pulling out?

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The 2008 Bartlett Lifecenter Indoor Triathlon
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A Mixed Bag

This episode runs the gamut of topics. We wrap up the past few races of ours including The 5K On The Runway and The Chicago Marathon. Then we spin off onto a mail-bag episode and answer many swim-related questions we've received in the past few weeks.Keep those emails coming.

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5K on the Runway

Eric and Jeff take off at a one-time-only 5K on a brand new runway built at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. From the registration fiasco to the departure delays, this race was in every way just like a regular commercial flight. Jeff tries for a 5K PR and Eric just tries to finish, who will win!

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Olympic Athlete Series Part 1 - Kara Lynn Joyce

This is the first in a series of 2 olympic athletes speaking at The Runner's High. Kara Lynn Joyce is a 2-time silver medal swimmer at the 2004 Athens games and the 2008 Beijing games. She talks about her incredible career and answers tons of questions from the auidence about all aspects of her career. Visit karalynnjoyce.com

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Kara and Mark at Runner’s High
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The M.I.S.T.

Did you know that The Age Grouper has been on the air for over a year now? In celebration of our big anniversary we're making a huge announcement! The Age Grouper is the official media sponsor of the 2008 Midwest Indoor Triathlon Series.

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The 2008 MIST
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Nothing New on Race Day

We've said it before and we'll say it again, nothing new on race day! Jeff goes to his A race of the year, The Accenture Chicago Triathlon, and learns some valuable lessons about race strategy and nutrition.

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The massive transition area at The Chicago Triathlon
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Nutrition!

Get out your calculators for this one because we crunch the numbers, literally, with this all nutrition episode. We take you through planning your half-ironman nutrition strategy calorie-by-calorie, fluid ounce-by-fluid ounce. We get so technical that we eventually even confuse ourselves. It’s everything you need to know about triathlon nutrition right here on The Age Grouper!

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The Heat of the Summer

We're all in the heat of our 2008 race seasons so we catch up on what's been going on with our training and race schedules so far. Plus, an exclusive Newton update with Mark at The Runner's High 'N Tri.

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Lovin’ that swim start!
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Christmas in July!

Eric and Jeff go back to their local-tri-shop, The Runner's High and Tri, and check out the coolest tri-gear for this season. They get on a Tanita body composition scale, test Zensah compression socks, explore the new Garmin Forerunner 405, and go for a test run in the new Zoot shoes!

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How Not to Prepare for a Race

It's The Age Grouper's first mobile podcast! Jeff heads out on The Age Grouper mobile studio to cover the 2008 Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine IL. There's tons of exciting play by play action from the race course as Eric lays it down on the course.

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Pre Race Routines

And we're back with a super-sized episode! We talk about everything from honeymoons to Norman Stadler's new bike sponsorship to why you shouldn't drink and repair bikes. Pre-Race Routines, if you don't have one, you need one! We provide tons of advice that will make your race morning successful. Finally we finish it out with audio from Drew.

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Jacket Sock Sock Glasses Helmet Go

The season has started in the Midwest! Eric and I travel to the 23rd annual Tower Triathlon in Niles, IL. It's a blast from the past as this was both of ours' first ever triathlon back in the day. It's The Age Grouper kickin it old school!

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My First Race

Everyone's done a first race, and we all have a hilarious story about it. We start out with a hodge-podge of topics including a 5K race review, and a Newton update. Then, do as we say, not as we do, as we regale you with the stories of the calamity that ensued during our early tri-careers.

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Keeping A Happy Tri-Family

This episode offers tons of priceless insight into your "significant other's" mind about how to successfully manage marriage, kids, work, and triathlon. Don't spend another night on the couch! Jeff and Mrs. Jumpy reveal their secrets on how they mange their life, work, and training schedules while keeping a happy tri-family.

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Change It Up

Been doing those same ole races year after year? We offer advice on how to change up your training and racing to get back into the groove.

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Dick Beardsley-Staying the Course

We bring you an incredibly motivating and inspirational speech by American marathoning legend Dick Beardsley. Dick is still the 5th fastest marathon runner in U.S. history and most famous for the 1982 Boston Marathon "Duel in the Sun" with Alberto Salazar. Recorded live at The Runner's High 'N Tri in Arlington Heights, IL Dick's speech is a story of tragedy, triumph, and laughter.

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Eric, Dick and Jeff - 2008 at Runner’s High
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Plan Your Year

And we're back with our biggest episode yet! We take you step by step through the process of planning your entire training year. From Macro to Mezzo to Micro cycles we cover it all. Download The Age Grouper Yearly Training Overview Excel worksheet below and start planning your year.

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Motivation

Winter blues got you down? Eric is back and we discuss the best motivation techniques we've learned over the years! If this episode of The Age Grouper doesn't keep you going, nothing will!

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